The week ahead

Feeling well rested from the long weekend? We sure are 🙂

Just a couple more days until you can dive back into bed and binge watch that series you started watching last weekend but never got to finish. Weekends should be longer don’t you think?

Anyway, what better to start your ‘fake monday’ other than planning your calendar for the week?

GigCulture UnMangement Workshop – 18 June @ 16:00 | Ivy Lounge

The UnManagement Workhop hosted by GigCulture invites industry practitioners to share and engage. The workshops happen every Tuesday for 6 weeks so don’t stress if you miss one or two workshops.

After the workshop the evenings end off with some light humour courtesy of The Iy Lounge Comedy Club.

Tuesdays will never be the same again…

Song Writers Evening – 22 June @ 18:00 |Gallery House

An intimate evening of original music with various new /experienced musicians/songwriters. Tickers are R80pp, and pre bookings are required. Bring some snacks and drinks should you feel a big peckish whilst unleashing the inner songbird in you ;). Do bring a jacket should you get cold, though there will be a fire going for you at the event.

Georgetown LIVE – 18 June @ 20:00 | Chicago Lounge and Bar

Enjoy live music with Chicago Lounge & Bar and Georgetown. Georgetown is a multi-instrumental Bluebilly Folk Pop band from Pretoria. A captivating hybrid of the classics and unique local influences. Tickets are R20 at the door and the show starts at 20:00. Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible musical experience.

Saturday Wrap Up

Missed this weeks events? No fear, we’re here to wrap up what you missed this week 😉

Tuesday – June 12th

She Means Business

This event was part of the She Means Business Series which is a platform for female entrepreneurs to support, celebrate and encourage one another. It stems from the belief that stories are powerful and as a result they have the potential to inspire, bring laughter, provoke thought and connect people. The event hosted 4 entrepreneurs who were that morning’s storytellers. They included; Jacylyn – Ivy Engelbrecht (Beauty Specialist), Dikonelo Mile (Financial Services Rep.), Leah Molatseli (Lawyer) and Sunell Wiehman (Counselling Psychologist). Those who attended benefited greatly from the vast wisdom that was shared. 

Saturday – June 15th

Be Human Family Market

The Be Human Family Market takes place every Saturday on Middelwater Farm. There is a wide variety of scrumptious food in their food court. There are many options to choose from for you and your family such as gourmet waffles, Wagyu burgers, liver kebabs, chicken wings etc. It takes place from 9am – 4pm. So if you missed it today you can catch it next week. Same place. Same time.

Sunday – June 16th

Festival Carnival

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed. It would have taken place tomorrow at Ramblers Club. We will keep you posted on the new event details. Keep your eyes open.

Ciao for now 😉

Greetings from Bush Junkies Safaris

Greetings 😉

Looking out of my office window I am amazed that winter has still not arrived, I remember back to a time when I was in Europe busy hiking around the continent during the winter season. Oh boy did I feel the cold! The days were grey and the wind blew right through you and sleeping in some dodgy places made you yearn for the blue sunny skies of South Africa. We tend to complain about the cold weather BUT we don’t really have a winter!

This is one of the reasons why we should be counting our blessings and appreciate the good things we have. I recently hosted some American ladies here in Bloemfontein and they could not believe that this was the cold season, I did mention that we do get cold days every now and then and we even get snow on the Maloti’s, but they just laughed and said that I must stay over in Chicago during their winter, I don’t see that happening!  Personally my only gripe during this time is that the days are shorter and by 18h00 it’s dark already. When I am on tour I always make sure that I arrive at the destination before the sun sets and so with less daylight I feel a bit rushed.   

On that note please see my mid-week winter tours on the attachment, the destinations I have chosen offers a variety of attractions and are really on our doorstep. I can take a maximum of seven people so you will be guaranteed personal attention and service. I also believe that the accommodation I have sourced is good value for money and are delightful places to stay.  I can arrange the tours to a date suitable for you and as the breaks are mid-week you will be away from any crowds or busy roads. I also offer day trips which are most enjoyable and are an ideal breakaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. So if you are looking at doing something different then please give me a call.

My appeal for the SPCA still continues, please guys let us all help these precious animals during the winter months. ANY old blankets, sheets, pillow cases or pillows will suffice; if you don’t have old linen then perhaps a couple of cans of dog food will be good. I will collect from you and I promise that all donations will be delivered to our local branch. I thank you in advance.

Yours in Guiding

Tony Horn  

The week ahead

Hello everyone!

Got a bit of the Monday blues? You know, one of the ways to combat that is to just relaaaaaaaaaax. Play a good tune. I’d recommend Old Town Road. There’s just something about the tune of that particular song that just lifts my spirits. Or maybe its the soothing twang of country singers.

Though, should you need a little break from the office we have some events down below that might interest you! This week isn’t as busy as last week was but there’s a rather interesting event that would definitely appeal to the ladies.

She Means Business  – Wednesday, 12 June, @ 8AM

Stories are powerful. They have the potential to inspire us, make us laugh, make us thoughtful and also allow us to connect with someone.

The She Means Business Series is a platform for female entrepreneurs to support, celebrate and encourage one another. Join our storytellers as they share their #MyStartUP stories on their entrepreneurial journey.

* Are you looking for purposeful conversation among like-minded women?
* Do you believe in the power of collaboration?
* Are you looking to build meaningful connections?
* Would you like to gain insight from our storytellers and guest speaker?
* Are you passionate about your growth and empowerment?
* Are you looking for invaluable support, advice and inspiration?

Definitely check out their Facebook page on

Be Human Family Market | Saturday, 15 June @ 9AM

The Be Human Family Market takes place every Saturday on Middelwater Farm.

The market opens from 09h00 until 16h00 and they have a wide variety of food stalls in their food court, dishing up anything from gourmet waffles, Wagyu burgers, liver kebabs to traditional sosaties, chicken wings and meatball and halloumi skewers. Their bar area serves craft beer, gin on tap or your preferred local brew.

From loads of kiddies activities and game drives to the farm deli, the Be Human Family Market caterers for everyone and there is so much to do for a great Saturday out.

For a detailed look at all of their activities go visit or to read up on the farm deli, go to

Sidenote: The food stalls don’t have card facilities available, and they don’t have an ATM on site either. So don’t forget to pack some cash money if you want to buy some food to snack on 😉

So those are the events that caught our eye for this week, one is a business seminar, and the other is a fun activity you can do with family and friends.

That’s all for now

Ciao xx 😉

Saturday wrap up


Joseph Clarke sings Queen

Joseph Clark’s Queen Show took place at Innie Skuur! It was well attended with sold out tickets. He was joined by his lead guitarist, Axe Lourens.The duo created a memorable evening of pure rock. His pure talent left many mesmorised as always and chanting “We Will Rock You”. It was a fun way to rock it out during the week for those needing to let their hair down.


Leadership Summit 2019 (Thursday and Friday)

This Leadership Summit 2019 was new to Bloemfontein. The summit was created by top leaders and coaches from central South Africa for leaders, decision-makers and change-makers. This 2-day summit consisted of 6 workshops that were facilitated by industry professionals, a networking function and a 2020 forward-focus session. Various topics were tackled focusing mainly on key topics such as; teamwork, finances and leadership.

First Thursdays @TOV

What a great experience of good art and music. Artists in Bloemfontein really know how to collaborate and put on a good show. Attendees had a fantastic night where they could appreciating art and live music all at once.

SATURDAY – 8thJune 2019

Property Investment seminar

This seminar aims to teach people how to become financially free by investing in property.Prosperity Enterprises will be at Anta Boga Boutique Hotel in Bloemfontein this morning from 8am. Those who attend can expect to be taught a tried and tested model when investing in property through the intensive course on how to create your own property portfolio.The 5 hour seminar will equip people to create wealth through property.

De Oude Kraal Wildskosfees

This year De Oude Kraal is celebrating their 20th De Oude Kraal Wildskosfees.
Wine stalls and different venison stalls can be expected. In addition, they have brought in some additional stalls such as a fish stall, Greek stall as well as a lamb stall.Head there to be a part of the celebration. There is still time!

FSSO Symphony Concert

There’s an FSSO Symphony Concert taking place today at the Odeion theatre on the UFS campus. The concert will be taking place in the evening and is proudly brought to you by #MEDICS4MUSIC. Classical music lovers make your way.

Married but not to each other

The incredibly funny husband and wife, Ndumiso Lindi & Tumi Morake will be in town and they are bringing their hilarious “Married…But Not to Each Other” stand-up comedy show. The show is about life, love, relationships and their ups and downs. Married or single you are bound to howl with laugher. 

SUNDAY – 9thJune 2019

Ivy Live Sundays

There is something for everyone in Bloemfontein. For travelers looking for a soulful Sunday experience, Ivy Live Sundays provides just that. Head there to experience a combination of art and entertainment from the city’s “must hear” musicians.

Upcoming this June

Bonjour travellers!

Here’s a list of all the events coming up this month! Take a break from your normal routine and attend some of these amazing events

6 June | First Thursdays @ The Other Venue, 2ndAve, Westdene

8 June | Wildskosfees @ Oude Kraal

            Property Investment Seminar @ Anta Boga, Brandwag, Bloemfontein

            Married but not to Each Other @ Pacofs, Sand du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein

9 June | Ivy Live Sundays @ The Ivy Lounge, 2ndAve, Westdene, Bloemfontein

12 June | She Means Business @ 174 Nelson Mandela Drive, Bloemfontein

16 June | Festival Carnival @ Ramblers Club, Aliwal Rd, Bloemfontein

15 June | Be Human Family Market @ Middelwater Farm, R700 (between Bloemfontein & Brandfort)

18 June | GigCulture Unmangement Workshop @ The Ivy Lounge, 2ndAve, Westdene, Bloemfontein

20 June | Poetic Thursdays @ The Thoughts, Bloemfontein

26 June | StartUp Grind Bloemfontein @ Venue TBC

Ciao for now 😉

Our favourite banana bread recipe

You’ll never want to use another recipe again

Been a hectic week? You deserve a little sweet treat to reward yourself for a hard week of work 😉

With the sweet tanginess of the plum as well as the bit of crunch from the pecan nuts, it’ll for sure be one of your favourite banana recipes to date.

Banana bread recipe decorated with Mau sugar, plums and pecan nuts

Download this recipe and try it out at home! Take a photo and share it with us. We’d love to see your creations!

Come back soon for another amazing recipe

Ciao 😉

Silent Valentine

Bonjour Travellers!

Silent Valentine

Silent Valentine

February, the month of love, is drawing to a close and there’s great joy in our hearts knowing that we took part in the celebration and were able to spread the love.

In February, people celebrate love all month long. Across the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of February and we are no exception here in Bloemfontein.  An abundance of love, romance, chocolates, flowers and cards showed the value and importance our City of Roses places on love.

On the 14th of February, we at Arista Guest House had the wonderful opportunity to help couples celebrate this special day.  We partnered with Silent Events Free State/Bloemfontein Popcorn Club and Sonique Productions to bring our lovebirds “Silent Valentine” –an exclusive outdoor movie experience. As you may remember Bloemfontein had high levels of rain but the event still took place regardless of the weather conditions. The garden was perfectly reenacted indoors and as a result the audience members still walked away with a sense of an exclusive outdoor movie experience.  Our audience was on specialised high quality headphones which were provided to all audience members to enjoy the movie, affording them the luxury of being unaffected by noise . There was absolutely no noise pollution and the audience was emerged into the movie. The old time favourite 1990 film “Ghost” was on screen with its mixture of comedy, thrills and mushy romance being perfect in capturing the theme for the evening. Also, an added cool perk was the audience could switch to a channel of old time favourite love songs or have an intimate conversation and time with their loved one. All this was done while sitting on picnic blankets and enjoying delicious popcorn, beverages and snacks of course. *SPOILS*

Thank you to all those who came to share the love, It’s always a pleasure.

Gros Bisou


Bloem events to lookout for in March:

2 – 26 March – Lifestyle Sunday’s AT Ramblers @ 7:30 – 14:00

6 March Fun Insightful Art Evening AT Gallery on Leviseur @18:30

12 March Russian Ballet Bloemfontein @19:00

17 March Bloemfest @10:00

29 March Silent Movie Experience AT Arista Guesthouse @20:00

31 March Bloemfontein Street Food and Craft Festival @10:00

31 March Jazz On The Lawn at Windmill Casino @14:00

Female Founders’ Month


As the leaves turn shades of red and orange and yellow, the Free State winter months promise to be exciting and jam-packed. While some people are getting ready for the winter and others are planning a summer holiday abroad, I am putting everything aside to celebrate female entrepreneurs and business owners with Startup Grind Bloemfontein… and so should you!

May month marks Female Founders’ Month for Startup Grind Chapters in over 350 cities in 100 countries across the globe. Startup Grind Bloemfontein will be hosting a number of local entrepreneurs and two guest speakers in a very unique way.


  • Ster-Kinekor, Mimosa Mall
  • Wednesday 30th of May
  • 5pm to 9pm


  • Dawn Nathan-Jones
  • Winlove Kamolane
  • Somaya Marais
  • Tina Thoma
  • Charlene McKenzie
  • Ruwaidah Henney
  • Irene Moutzouris
  • Ria de Villiers
  • Louise Klopper
  • Mart-Marie’ du Toit


The programme is loaded with valuable content and opportunities to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. There will be coffee and popcorn for sale, and all guests will receive a goodie box. All members of the community are most welcome to attend; the young and old, male and female! And trust me, you don’t want to miss this.

Be there or be square.


A Traveller’s Friend

more coffee

Hello Travellers!

@grupoconval Family

We’ve told you where in Bloem you can find the final product; now we are going to share with you the coffee-making process from an actual coffee maker’s perspective. We were fortunate enough to host German Zelayandia at Arista Guesthouse back in 2012. He is a Salvadoran engineer who visited Bloemfontein on business. He is part of a company called @GrupoConval, Salvadoran coffee production company and these are his insights.


The coffee beans

The history behind the company dates back as far as 1918, where one man and one woman united with a common interest in coffee production. From there onwards, generations of coffee growers acquired new coffee farms in better geographical areas, installed wet and dry mills and switched over rom generic to speciality coffee for exportation and to introduce tourism as a compliment to the sustainability of the coffee production.

Fast forward to 2018 and the fourth generation of coffee growers has, amongst other things, broadened the exportation of speciality coffees and has introduced new varieties (geisha) and 3 members of the fifth generation are interested in joining in on the venture.


The coffee farms Monte Verde and Los Cipreces are on the Ilanmatepec mountains.

Coffee plantation

Both these farms produce mainly bourbon and pacas varieties. The harvest period spans from December to February each year and the area experiences sufficient temperatures and rainfall for optimal growth of a variety of trees.

The team is selecting yellow bourbon coffee




Ready for export

We did not exaggerate when we said that coffee-making is an intricate process, but here’s our simplified version of the whole shebang:
It all starts with cutting, sorting and weighing of cherries. Then, the coffee is transferred to the wet mill for pulping. It is then left to ferment for an average of eight hours before it is eventually taken to dry in the drying yards. After about 6 to 8 days of drying in the sun, being moved and covered with plastic in the evenings, they proceed to gather the coffee in bags (by variety, batch, plank, characteristics, process etc.) and transport the bags to a horizontal drier for further drying. Finally, they are packed into new bags and stored in warehouses in separate consignments, depending on the case and wooden pallets.

Conval Group is deeply rooted in family values and social responsibility. This is shown in the fact that the 5th generation of the same family is about to take over the company and in the fact that they take care not to waste water in their processes, respectively.

For information on where to find their coffee beans, please refer to



A Traveller’s Friend